20th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Our Waters 1 (with Panel Discussion)

Expired January 25, 2021 8:00 AM
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This virtual screening is eligible for People's Choice Award! The voting period has closed. Stay tuned for the results!

This session includes a panel discussion, originally recorded live on Saturday, January 16th

The story of the San Francisco Bay Delta estuary is at the heart of California’s problematic history with water. The film, River’s End, takes a deep dive into the political quagmire, and reveals a level of nuance much deeper than the simplistic “fish versus farms” narrative. Why is water considered the new gold, and what are the effects of increased water diversions on San Francisco Bay and its watershed? How will we make our water supply more reliable in the face of climate change and already unsustainable demands? Esteemed CA water expert panelists, including US Congressman Jared Huffman, Chief Caleen Sisk of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, and SF Baykeeper Senior Scientist Dr. Jon Rosenfield, address some of these questions and more in a live Q&A, moderated by award-winning LA Times journalist Bettina Boxall. Join us to learn more about CA’s complex history with water and how addressing its challenges can help us solve water issues around the world.

Water is life sustaining - and yet it is contaminated, threatened by unwise development, polluted, and fought over around the world. The films in this session instill a sense of appreciation for the water that supports life in all its forms and show the people fighting to protect it.

Featuring: Wild Climate (27 min) | River's End: California's Latest Water War (81 min)

Award Winner: Jury Award & People's Choice Award

Using California as a microcosm, River's End explores the global water crises. It draws the parallel between the draining of the Owens Valley by LA, made famous by CHINATOWN, and what is happening in real time in Northern California’s Bay-Delta. Except this time, the water grab is at the hands of Big Agriculture. River’s End implores viewers to learn where their water comes from so that we can save our rivers and the ecosystems and communities that depend upon them.


This session includes: TranSending (9 min) | District 15 (23 min) | River's End (81 min)

  • Year
  • Runtime
    81 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
  • Note
  • Director
    Jacob Morrison
  • Screenwriter
    Jacob Morrison
  • Producer
    Kurt Kittleson, Sam Furie, Jacob Morrison
  • Filmmaker
    Benjamin Fischinger (Director of Photography)
  • Cast
    DeLanna Studi (Narrator)
  • Animator
    Sherif Higazy
  • Composer
    Jonny Bell
  • Sound Design
    Jan Bezouska